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Get ready to bid in the Richmond Christmas Fund’s Online Auction

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 11:32 PST, Mon November 20, 2023

The Richmond Christmas Fund’s 4th Annual Online Auction kicks off Nov. 21, giving you a chance to bid on over 180 items, from restaurant gift cards to rounds of golf.

100 per cent of auction proceeds will support the Christmas Fund’s mission, as it works to provide grocery vouchers, toys, and gift cards to residents who can’t afford a holiday celebration.

A program of Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives (RCRG), the Christmas Fund is operating this year at Lansdowne Centre, in a storefront next to ICBC.

“It’s a very central, accessible location,” says Ed Gavsie, president and chief executive officer of RCRG. “That’s important, because, with the rising cost of living, we know that many people will be seeking help.”

The Christmas Fund is supported almost entirely by donations from the community, and the auction is among this year’s major fundraising activities.

“Our ability to help our neighbours in need is tied directly to the generosity of Richmond residents,” says Gavsie. “Every donation makes a difference, and so does every bid in the auction. It’s a grassroots effort involving the entire community.”

While the goal is to raise as much money as possible, the auction also promises some eye-popping deals, with low starting bids on bottles of wine, home appliances, sports tickets, and more.

“We want auction participants to have fun,” says Gavsie. “That might mean bidding in a friendly competition against family and friends, or winning an item well below its fair market value. If participants have a positive experience, we’ll raise more money, and the Christmas Fund will be able to help more families.”

To register for the auction, and view a complete list of items, visit

Bidding begins at 9 a.m. on Nov. 21, and ends at 7 p.m. on Dec. 7. Shortly thereafter, winners will be notified by email, and given instructions on when and where to claim their items.

Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives (RCRG) is a registered charity that serves as a hub for volunteering and giving. RCRG is also a direct service provider, operating a Child Care Resource & Referral Centre, the Richmond Christmas Fund, and a variety of Seniors Community Support Services.

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